When do I need to obtain coverage from both the county and the state?

All VSMP permit applications for projects within Loudoun County must be submitted directly to the county. However, the application results in dual permit coverage from Loudoun County ("VSMP Permit") and the VA Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) ("Construction General Permit," or CGP) as follows. Once the County reviews the permit documents and determines that the permit is approvable, and once all local VSMP fees have been paid, staff will transmit the permit information to DEQ electronically, at which point, the applicant will receive instructions regarding payment of the state fee. Following payment of the state fee, DEQ will issue coverage to the applicant. This process must be completed prior to issuance of the grading permit.

Construction of a single-family detached residence that will disturb less than 5 acres (i.e., either a separately-built lot disturbing 1 to 5 acres, or a lot disturbing up to 5 acres within a Common Plan of Development) is a special case, in which coverage is tacitly granted by DEQ, without submittal of a Registration Statement or payment of a State fee, upon approval of the application by the county. In these cases, it is the responsibility of the applicant to print a copy of the "Single-Family Detached Residential Structure Coverage Letter" from DEQ's CGP webpage to signify that CGP coverage has been obtained.

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1. Do I need VSMP / Construction General Permit coverage for my project?
2. What is the annual permit Maintenance Fee and why is it important?
3. When do I need to obtain coverage from both the county and the state?
4. What is the construction activity operator?
5. Who can sign permit documents on behalf of the “operator?”
6. How do I know if my project will be subject to the current or the “old” regulations?
7. If my property drains to an existing SWM facility, is SWM addressed for my project?
8. What is a Common Plan of Development or Sale, and how does it affect me?
9. When do I need to update my Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)?